Governor Cuomo and ‘Backdoor’ Privatization

Source: Joe Maniscalco, Laborpress, January 24, 2014

As hospitals in Brooklyn continue to teeter on the brink this week, the head of the union representing more than 35,000 SUNY workers, says that a pilot plan contained in the governor’s new budget constitutes a “backdoor way of privatizing” – and demonstrates Cuomo’s failure to work with labor in finding a longterm remedy for the borough’s hospital crisis. … The pilot plan contained in the latest executive budget, however, calls for the creation of five corporations to operate state hospitals – including a teaching hospital or academic medical institution. Hundreds of UUP members working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have already lost their jobs. Meanwhile, thousands more at Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital [LICH] face the possibility of those institutions disappearing all together. …